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The Lightning Thief

A book by Rick Riordan

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Potter with Gods instead of Wands...

  • Feb 6, 2010
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Quickie POV: Compelled to read because of the impending movie release I was captivated by the rich and entertaining story. The Lightening Thief is fast-paced and high-energy, keeping you on your toes the entire time. Yet, I found myself throughout the entire book thinking Dumbeldore might pop up at any moment and instead of a capture the flag tournament they might all run out and play Quidditch.

Review: Perseus Jackson, known to his friends if he had any as Percy, is a troubled kid. Kicked out of every school he has attended he has been moved around, man-handled and ignored for the better part of his life. Yet, strange things have always plagued 12 year old Percy Jackson. Odd occurrences happen around him, so he isn't that surprised when his math teacher sprouts wings and tries to kill him. It does anger him when everyone acts like nothing happened, especially his new found friend Grover, because Grover can't lie very well.

Percy is intent on finding out the truth, but the truth is a little more than he expected and he is whisked away to summer camp, a special summer camp for the children of gods and goddesses. A special place where the half-mortal offspring of the gods can harness their powers and learn how to control them and become the heroes that they were meant to be. In an epic fight on the doorsteps of camp, Percy battles his way in...just to find the battle might not be over and there are whisperings. Whisperings that he might be a little more than just the son of a god...he might be the one.

While the story was entertaining the striking resemblance to the Harry Potter series threw me through a loop during the entirety of the book. It was obvious the author took the premise of Harry Potter and rewrote it from a Greek perspective. It was just too similar. Twelve year old boy, orphaned, goes to a magical place to discover his true potential. All the while the big baddie lurks...ever present and threatening.

Don't get me wrong, inspired by HP it is, entertaining and worth a read it is also. The book definitely kept me engrossed and wanting more. I will read on and I will see the movie.

Recommendation: Tweens, to Teens to Adults, everyone should partake. Harry Potter fans will very much enjoy unless you are territorial. The tone is young so go in and embrace your inner child.

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review by . June 14, 2010
My son brought home The Lightning Thief in fifth grade for a book report project.  He is not one that enjoys reading.  Wow, did that change with this book.  He was completely into it, enough so that I had to read it after him.  It was entertaining for me, as well.        The story is about a boy, Percy Jackson, who is always getting into trouble in school, suffers from dyslexia, and hates his stepdad.  During a field trip to the museum …
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
a great adolescent book
Quick Tip by . June 20, 2010
great book
review by . June 03, 2010
   So from time to time I hear about a book, usually fantasy, written for the Young Adult market that gets my attention much like Harry Potter did over a decade ago.  I was browsing the local library and came across a copy of the Lightning Thief, the first of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series.  Seeing as how I love all things mythology, I decided to give it a shot.  I prepared myself for a slow beginning, as these Young Adult series …
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
I love Rick Riordan. I thought this book had great humor and tapped ingeniously into the Greek myths.
review by . June 02, 2010
Consider what you already know about Gods and Goddesses and about Greek Myths.  Consider how the book cover illustrations reflect a boy type books and the age level this might be directed at, middle school - teenager.        Now consider me, a young adult in their 20's, female, and not a genius on Greek mythology.      Know what this proves?  This book is honestly for anyone!! I loved this book.  I began reading it when helping with …
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Nice way to work in Greek mythology and kid lit.
review by . November 17, 2009
After months of procrastinating, I read this book based on a family recommendation.    When it comes to YA/MG fantasy, I'm torn between reading books that provide lots of depth and books that move at a brisk pace.    The latter type often makes for a more entertaining read, while the former is more compelling.    I found The Lightning Thief to be a relatively light read (perfect for middle grade and late elementary readers) that's full …
review by . October 19, 2009
As there are umpteen reviews I won't say much except that of the 4 books in the "Percy and the Olympians" series that I've read thus far, this first one is the weakest. "The Lightening Thief" drags a bit, as if it's not confident in where it's going, and isn't as tightly plotted as the following books. But do, DO! read it and the rest of the series if you love a good, intelligent adventure. The book is suitable for any one and is a most satisfying read. The characters are fun, there's frequent laughs …
review by . February 08, 2009
Percy Jackson has always been different from other kids. He's dyslexic and suffers from ADHD, and is always getting into trouble. He's been expelled several times, and the only thing that holds his interest is Greek mythology.     We soon learn that Percy has close ties with Mount Olympus, and when monsters from mythology start popping up looking for his blood, he ends up at a very special school for kids like himself, where he starts to put things together to find out who he …
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ISBN-10: 0786838655
ISBN-13: 978-0786838653
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Teens
Publisher: Miramax (March 21, 2006)
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